November 16, 2018
An Interview with Joan Flocks
Joan Flocks is the Director of Social Policy for the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR). She teaches courses and publishes in the areas of social justice lawyering, poverty law, and environmental justice. She was previously an assistant professor at the UF College of Medicine and before that worked for many years as a legal services attorney in Florida. She has worked as a project manager, consultant, and investigator on several environmental justice and community-based participatory research projects, focusing on topics including farmworker occupational and environmental health, farmworker housing, community health assessment, TANF recipient health perspectives, worker eye safety, worker reproductive health, and community vulnerability and resiliency. She has been involved both internationally and domestically in applied projects and presentations to governmental agencies on diverse topics such post-political settlement resolution, conflict resolution, substandard housing, and community environmental health. She received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and her J.D. from the University of Florida.
October 19, 2018
Psychologists as Advocates for Social Justice
Nancy Wright and Dr. Bob Guenther
Nancy Wright is a sole practitioner in Gainesville, Florida, focusing primarily on Medicaid home and community-based services for adults and children with disabilities and the elderly. She is also works with Three River Legal Services as Director of the UF Health Senior Medical-Legal Partnership, a project with UF Shands to identify and provide legal services to vulnerable older patients with unmet legal needs impacting health. Her legal advocacy has included successful administrative hearings, rule challenges, state court appeals and federal lawsuits under both the Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has co-counseled with both Disability Rights Florida and Southern Legal Counsel in federal actions challenging both the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Health Care Administration in their operation of Medicaid Waiver programs.
September 21, 2018, Communicore C1-17
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
By Matthew Desmond
Join us for a discussion of this powerful book about the toll of evictions of all aspects of life. Here is a recent article about Matthew Desmond and his more recent work if you don’t have time to read the entire book:
And a link to an interview of Matthew Desmond on NPR (8 minutes long):
And another interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (36 minutes long) and a quick summary of the interview highlights
August 17, 2018
Time to Level Up on Presence and Belonging
We are very lucky to have Antonio Farias, the first chief diversity officer at the University of Florida, come speak to our department next Friday, August 17 at noon in room C1-3 as part of the Education and Advocacy colloquium series. Please join us to hear an interesting take on what a diversity officer does and his goals for our university.
You can read more about him here:
Friday, July 20, 2018, Communicore, C1-17
How to Facilitate Conversations with Patients About Current Events
The news cycle seems to incredibly fast these days and current events often involve tragic, traumatic incidents. Join us for a discussion of how to help patients cope with the news and how to take care of ourselves while helping them. We will connect you with supportive resources for these kinds of conversations. Discussion led by Education and Advocacy Committee Members.
Join us on the third Friday of each month from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM for the Education and Advocacy Colloquium Series. Future topics include learning about specific underserved populations such as diverse racial, ethnic and religious groups; LGBTQ specific concerns and issues; understanding bias in a historical context; and how to become a successful advocate. If you have a topic suggestion, are interested in working with our large and active committee, or have an idea for a guest speaker, please contact us!
Inclusive Care: Addressing Health Disparities in the Transgender Community
A panel discussion on the intersection of mental health and physical health in the Transgender community, current issues, and tools for fostering inclusive clinical care. Panel Members: Dr. Anyaliese Hancock-Smith (UF Medical Psychology & Psychiatry), Dr. Emma Moss (Radiology , Shands Hospital) and Dr. James Super (School of Human Development and College of Education). Organized and moderated by Gabriel Cartagena, B.A.
When Needs Go Unmet: How Poverty and Food Insecurity Impact Healthcare + Food Drive
Our accomplished guest panel discussed food insecurity and how that impacts how they interact with patients as well as how poverty can impact health outcomes. Panel members included Catherine Campbell, PhD, MPH, CPH (Post-doctoral Associate, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program), Lee Collopy, LCSW (Transitions of Care Clinic, Internal Medicine), Carol Lewis, Ph.D. MPH, CPH (Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry), and Amy Sheer, MD, MPH (PGY-3 Resident, Department of Medicine). In addition, the CHP Department collected an incredible amount of food and toiletries for the UF Field and Fork Pantry: fieldandfork.ufl.edu.